Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (13-0, 10) [岡田 博喜] will return to the ring on November 1st to defend his title against veteran Valentine Hosokawa (20-5-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン].
For Okada the bout will complete an active year that has seen him fight 3 times already, scoring wins over Masanobu Nakazawa, Koichi Aso and Cristiano Aoqui. With a 4th fight this year it'll be the busiest of Okada's career and we suspect his final bout as the Japanese champion with the fighter having already mentioning giving up the title to chance the OPBF title.
For Hosokawa this will be a third title shot, following stoppage losses to Shinya Iwabuchi, in a Japanese title fight, and Min Wook Kim, in an OPBF title fight. He will however be coming in to this one on the back of a decision loss to Noriaki Sato, who is competing in the Strongest Korakuen this year.
In a supporting bout Yuta Nakagawa (18-4-1, 9) [中川 勇太] will be facing Keigo Soma (8-11-2, 5) [相馬 圭吾] in what should be a stay busy bout for Nakagawa ahead of a possible Japanese title fight in 2017
The card will also feature promising novice Kazuki Saito (1-0, 1) [斎藤 一貴], who will be fighting in his first 8 rounder. His opponent hasn't yet been announced.
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